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Name: Samuel Horwitz
March 4, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: November 22, 1955 in Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
knows him for being one of "The Three Stooges", but Shemp also had a
prolific film career of his own. He had a bit part in only one
Blondie movie, #18 Blondie Knows Best
Shemp's tenure with the Three Stooges was overall
well-received, but he was certainly under attack by some fans and
critics who were used to seeing brother Curly as "the third
Stooge". What's ironic is that Moe, Larry, and Shemp were the
original Stooges line-up while back-up men for comedian Ted
Healey. Curly became the third Stooge when Shemp bowed out due to
personal conflicts with Healey. When the Stooges became popular
enough to start appearing in movies, Moe, Larry, and Curly became the
line-up that everyone got to know.
After Curly's stroke, Shemp joined the Stooges on
what was supposed to be a temporary basis. Curly never did fully
recover, and Shemp became a permanent fixture after Curly's
death. Shemp made some remarkable shorts with the Stooges, some
of them retoolings of Curly-era shorts. But the Three Stooges
productions, via Columbia Pictures, started getting lower-budget AND
rushed, resulting in some poorly-made shorts. A lot of the
criticism aimed toward Shemp-era Stooges movies was not deserved as he
was simply a victim of the times.
There are MANY people who think that Shemp was,
indeed, the funniest Stooge. But Curly WAS a hard act to follow,
that was for sure. I enjoy both Curly and Shemp's Stooges films.
I think Shemp was even better in his non-Stooges
work. He has a significant role with Mary Wickes in the musical
comedy "Private Buckaroo" that cannot be missed!